Temis the Vorta wrote:
I don't really follow the book business but I wouldn't be surprised to find that women read more, while the guys are busy with video games.
If you take the YA (Young Adult) market as a sample (which, currently, is my area of expertise), I'd say your assertion is correct. Young women overwhelmingly prefer fantasy-based books over sci-fi; and YA novels are marketed overwhelmingly toward young women, as opposed to young men.
That's not to say that exceptions do not exist (The Hunger Games
, is certainly more sci-fi than fantasy; authors like Beth Revis - Across the Universe / A Million Suns
trade in sci-fi; Scott Westerfeld, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Charlie Higson are popular for a more male-centered readership). But at this point, these examples are relatively few and far between.
All of which is interesting, considering that fantasy used to be targeted almost exclusively toward young males (e.g. The Hobbit & LOTR
and their sundry spinoffs).